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Lalakokofefe
Jul 21, 2011, 08:58 PM
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The Nigerian Football Federation is to honour Muda Lawal, the former Green Eagles captain who led the country to a first African Cup of Nations win, 20 years after his death when Nigeria play against Ghana in an August 9 friendly in London.


Goal.com reports that the event will mark the 20th anniversary of his demise.


Lawal, who was captain of the old Green Eagles, won the African Nations Cup title with Nigeria on home soil in 1980. He played 86 times for the country, a record that was only recently matched by Nwankwo Kanu during last year's World Cup.


The NFF‘s decision was contained in a statement by its Acting General Secretary, Musa Ahmadu.


"We will invite the wife and two children based in London as special guests to the match against Ghana on Tuesday, 9th August, and also invite the three children based in Nigeria to the Super Eagles' next home match, which is a crucial African Cup of Nations qualifier against Guinea in Abuja on 9th October.


"The late Muda Lawal contributed immensely to the development of Nigerian football, being a member of the senior team for more than 10 years, and was also captain of the senior team. It is important that we recognise our heroes of yesteryear in order to encourage the stars of today," the statement said.


Lawal died on July 6, 1991 in Ibadan, the city where he played for the big Shooting Stars Sports Club and was a part of the squad that won Nigeria's first continental club trophy in 1976.


The Asero Stadium in Abeokuta was renamed in his honour after his sudden death at the age of 37.

No Smoking
Jul 21, 2011, 09:30 PM
Hmm..was he only 37 at his death in 1991? Abi na Naija affidavit?

It's good to honour our citizens who have served honourably, in all walks of life. And to do so both in their lifetime and after they have passed on.

Muda's set of Eagles, I recall, were greeted with cars and houses. Maybe all or some of them also got National Honours.

Talking about this special event in London, let's hope it will not be a one-off for one player only. A scheme should be in place to honour all our stars consistently.